Human Resource Management


People are an organization's principle resource. How skillfully an organization develops, allocates, and leads its human resources governs its success or failure. This certificate provides a thorough explanation of the human resource professional's role in helping individuals, work groups. and organizations succeed. Whether you manage employees, work in HR, or aspire to, you can hone HR skills that impact the strategic direction of your company and career with this academic certificate. In addition, this curriculum is aligned with and will help you prepare for the Professional in HR (PHR) Certificate Exam and the SHRM Assurance of Learning Exam, should you decide to pursue either of these on your own.


Candidates for this Certificate are required to be formally admitted by the IUPUI Office of Admissions, but are not required to be a student in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. First-year college students with no previous experience at an accredited college or university should visit University College for information regarding the admission process and check an application status. Transfer and continuing education students must contact HRM Certificate advisor, Chris Krull, at to discuss credit which may be given for comparable upper level courses taken at other accredited colleges and universities or earned through employment or military experience. Be prepared to provide copies of transcripts from previous institutes attended, including titles of all coursework where a grade of a “C” or higher was earned. For more information regarding admissions, visit their website here.


To earn the Human Resource Management Certificate through Organizational Leadership, students must successfully complete 18 credit hours of HR coursework with a grade of "C" or higher in all classes and submit an Application for Graduation prior to enrollment in their final semester in the program. There are no prerequesites required for students earning this Certificate; however, prior completion of ENG-W131 (English Composition) and COMM-R110 (Speech or Rhetoric) is highly suggested. 

All students must successfully complete all of the following courses:   

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
OLS 36800Employment Law3
OLS 38300Human Resource Management 3
OLS 47900Staffing Organizations3

General certificate elective courses:

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
OLS 33100Occupational Safety & Health 3
OLS 34400Employee Benefits2
OLS 34800HR Analytics1
OLS 37500Training Methods3
OLS 37800Labor Relations3
OLS 40800Employee Relations1
OLS 47600Compensation Planning & Management 3